Cullen holds on to win Indonesia Open
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Australian Nick Cullen held out for a one-stroke victory at the Indonesia Open in Jakarta on Sunday.
Cullen, the brother of former Australia Test cricketer Dan, entered the final day with a four-shot lead, and held out to win the title with a final score of nine under.
David Smail of New Zealand finished in outright second on eight under, with Australian Michael Long, Japan's Yoshikazu Haku and American David Oh a shot further back in a tie for third.
Cullen struggled on the final day, posting a two-over 74 at the Emeralda Golf Club.
"This means the world to me," Cullen said of his victory.
"I have been practicing hard and playing well but I didn't know what to expect when I came here."
"It is only my second time playing in Asia and it's very different compared with playing at home particularly with a different climate and food."
Smail shot a 69 while Long, who fired a seven-under 65, starred but ultimately he had too much to do.
Japan's Satoshi Tomiyama, China's Mu Hu and Australian Stephen Leaney all tied for sixth at an overall score of six-under par.